The run-of-river project, on the Pareng river, a tributary of the Panyor river, in Papum Pare district, is to be developed and operated by VPHPL, a special purpose vehicle that is majority owned by Virtuaal Infrapower Pvt Limited (VIPL) and InfraCo Asia Development (IAD), a company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).
The project envisages the construction of a 28 m-long trench weir, feeder channel, underground desilting chamber, 3300 m-long headrace tunnel, surge shaft with a diameter of 6 m, a pressure shaft of 2.5 m diameter, a surface powerhouse with three 4.85 MW units, and a 54 m-long tailrace channel. Transmission offtake infrastructure is available close to the site. The project, which is estimated to generate gross annual output of 77.71 GWh, is expected to provide improved access to power for 140 000 people.
Construction of the hydropower project is about to begin, and will be immediately followed by construction of the nearby Keyi hydropower project (23 MW), according to the tender notice announced by IAD and VIPL. The INR 1982.5 million (US$ 28.32 million) project is to be debt-financed by IREDA and InfraCo Asia Investment (IAI), a sister company of IAD.
VIPL began to develop small hydropower projects in India in 2012, and has a number of projects at varyious stages of planning. Its first two projects, Pareng and Keyi, are to be built in partnership with InfraCo Asia, a commercially managed infrastructure development and investment company of the PIDG, a coalition of funders mobilizing private sector investment to assist developing countries attain infrastructure vital to boosting their economic growth and combating poverty.
A pre-proposal conference will be held on 15 February.
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